Monday, November 30, 2009

Eid al-Adha

Today is the last day of one of the Muslim's big holidays, Eid al-Adha. Everything in the city shuts down, so we enjoyed a few days off of language school. This holiday is a four day celebration, where they sacrifice a sheep on the first day in order to gain favor from Allah. They base this off the story of God telling Abraham to sacrifice his son. As Christians, we believe this son to be Isaac, but the Muslim's believe that it was Ishmael whom God told Abraham to sacrifice. This is a major difference between the two religions. This past week Paul and I were walking around a neighborhood and saw some children playing with some sheep that were about to be slaughtered, so I had to get a few quick pictures. Thankfully, we never saw any blood in the streets, as is common during this holiday in certain areas of this city.

1 comment:

jrrainer said...

This post made me sad about the poor little sheep... ;)